Is Tightening, Pins and Needles” Normal After Tumescent Liposuction?

Q: Is it normal to experience tightening and the “pins and needles” feeling on the area that was treated with Tumescent Liposuction, even after 4 weeks after surgery?

A: The sensations you are experiencing are quite common after liposuction.  Liposuction is a pretty aggressive procedure – your surgeon repeatedly moves the cannula through the fat in the target areas to loosen and then remove it.  This can injure nerves in the area.  A lot of my patients experience numbness in the areas I have treated.  As the injured nerves repair themselves and grow back, you will often have a pins and needles feeling.  I expect this to get better with time.